President Edgar Lungu’s special assistant for Press and public relations has said the Access to Information (ATI) law will not be enacted by the PF administration unless journalists begin to behave responsibly.
Chanda’s comments are in total conflict with the PF government’s position on the ATI law, government has been saying the law is already in draft form and awaiting clearance by the Attorney General’s chambers, but with this revelation, it is clear that the law will never come under this regime, no wonder Lungu refused to be drawn into signing a commitment with the civil society during the run up to the 2015 election.
Chanda, a former news editor at the state controlled Daily Mail was speaking at the American embassy during a panel discussion. In apparent reference to media that provide checks and balances to the PF regime, Chanda said that the ATI law cannot be enacted by the politicians because the media has been reporting negatively about the government.
Before his appointment into the diplomatic service, Chanda was the vice President of the moribund Press Association of Zambia (PAZA) and together with the likes of Andrew Sakala and Patson Phiri sunk the once vibrant media organisation.